Innovega Brings You Contacts With Superhuman Vision Capabilities

Innovega Contacts

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Good news for contact wearing people – soon your contacts may be able to give you “superhuman vision.” As many people with contacts know, contacts constantly are drying out and moving, so you don’t always have 20/20 vision. There are times I can’t read something that a friend with no contacts in can read.

Of course, you don’t have to have impaired vision to wear these. An eye-wear startup called Innovega just announced a prototype of its high-tech iOptik lenses. The product will be shown at this year’s International CES.

The Innovega eye-wear system has two parts to it. The contact lenses give you enhanced focusing abilities which allow users to see things more clearly that are farther and closer than they could normally see. For example, you can actually see the fine details of your fingerprint, while your natural eye can’t focus on an object that close.

The second part is the glasses, which enhance the vision of your contact lenses. They include flat-panels or micro-projectors that can display apps and media, like Google Glasses.

Why not blend the contacts and glasses technology into one thing to wear?

“A lot of companies are trying to do that right now with hardware, and there are limitations: It creates a tiny field of view,” an iOptik spokesperson told Mashable. “Google Glass is the equivalent of having your smartphone about 24 inches in front of you. The iOptik system is six times the resolution and 20 times the area. It’s like looking at a big TV projection, and you can see so much more.”

The great thing about iOptik glasses is that they still look like you are wearing regular glasses. It doesn’t look like you are wearing goggles or something weird on your face.

“We’re hoping technology like this will eventually replace your smartphone,” the spokesperson said.

What do you think of these new products?


Barnes and Nobles Shows Off the Super-Light Nook Simple Touch Glowlight E-Reader

Barnes and Noble New Simpletouch Glowlight E-Reader

Barnes and Noble – Nook Simple Touch Glowlight
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While many people tend to by Kindle E-readers, Barnes and Nobles is creating some equally top-notch e-readers as well. The problem, not a lot of people know about it. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a redesigned Nook GlowLight e-reader. The E-ink e-reader is very light and arrived a couple of weeks after the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble are continuing to make their e-readers better and better with new, innovative ideas. The new GlowLight e-reader has a 6-inch E-ink display with 62% more pixels, which makes the text even clearer. The new e-reader also has a improved LED-based light source. According to a Mashable’s editor and chief, Lance Ulanoff, “Overall, I’d say the GlowLight screen looks quite good; the contrast and lighting is comparable to what you’d find on a [Amazon] Paperwhite.”

The best change? The GlowLight weighs only 6.2 ounces, which is a little over an ounce lighter than the Paperwhite. Storage space for the nook has also gone from 2GB to 4GB.

Both the Barnes and Noble and Amazon products cost $119 (but Amazon’s has just 2GB). The Glowlight will hold about 2,000 books, while the Paperwhite holds about 1,100 books.

While Barnes and Noble has been struggling a bit in the recession, some change up in corporate has helped. The company is still profitable, according to Doug Carlson, Barnes & Noble’s executive vice-president of digital content and marketing. “We’re definitely committed to the device business, and you’ll see us continue to innovate on all platforms over time. There will be more devices.”

Study Finds that 34% of Millennials Watch More Online Videos than TV

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A recent New York Times survey found that 34% of Millennials watch more online videos than they do on an actual TV. That result is a bit shocking, I would think the percentage would be higher. With the lack of jobs out there, a lot of young graduates can’t even afford cable.

Millennials covers the age group of 18 to 34-year-olds. While most generations span about 16 years, I personally think grouping this big age group together doesn’t make a lot of sense. Current 18-year-olds now grew up never knowing a time before cell phones and internet, while those in their mid 20s and 30s clearly remember a time without. Now I will finish my rant and get back to the topic at hand…

The study reported that about one in three Millennials watch less TV than online videos. 50% of those surveyed said they watched online videos at least once per day.

34% of surveyed millennials said they watch mainly online video or no broadcast TV. Only 20% of Generation Xers (Those born in the early 1960s to early 1980s) and 10% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) had the same preference for online videos.

The reasons Millennials gave for watching more online video, 49% said that they like how they can watch it instantly and are able to watch several episodes online.

The study showed that 50% of Millennials who said they watch videos online do so once per day, and 89% said they watch weekly.

Where do you prefer to watch videos?

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Samsung Showcases it’s New Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch

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Samsung just showcased it’s new Galaxy Gear smart watch. The watch was first revealed on the pop singing duo, Icona Pop in New York. Samsung’s CEO J.K. Shin showed the watch at the Tempodrom event venue to about 2,500 people.

The watch is a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 pixel Super AMOLED screen, a 1.9-megapixel camera on the wristband, an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

Like smartphones, the device was voice commands, allowing the user to be “hands free.” Because of this, a user can make calls from their wrist without lifting a finger. The watch also has music controls and a pedometer.

Samsung calls Galaxy Gear the “perfect companion for the Galaxy Note 3.” This means that the watch can not only be sent with the Galaxy Note 3, but is also compatible with it. No details are clear on what the this includes.

The watch will be available in six different colors: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green. They are available on September 25th, and go for $299. While it is a cool device, on smaller wrists it is a pretty big watch.

In a review, Mashable states that, “As far as the Gear’s functionality goes, let’s set one thing straight: It’s not a replacement for your cellphone. It’s a companion that connects to the phone via Bluetooth, extending its functionality and, ideally, making it less necessary to reach into your pocket for your phone.” So don’t expect to buy a smart watch and completely get rid of your phone, although I’m sure there will soon be a day when that is an option.

What do you think of the smart watch?


Pete Cashmore

Pete Cashmore

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Pete Cashmore has become a must-know name in the tech industry ever since founding Mashable. This website shares news on social media, tech, entertainment, and more. Mashable brings in over 20 million unique visitors every month and has been named a “must read” site by PC Magazine and Fast Company.

He came up with the idea when he was 19 because he wanted to keep people up to date on what was going on in the tech world. Mashable quickly became one of the top 10 and most profitable blogs in the world. Pete also has a pace on Inc.’s “30 Under 30” list. He was also listed as one of Forbes’ “Top 25 Web Celebs.”

“Pete started Mashable because he wanted to be part of the conversation about technological change,” according to his Times piece. “Mashable gave him a voice. Today, it gives voice to millions who are trying to make their lives better through digital innovation.”

As you can guess, Cashmore is very active on social media. He has over 3 million twitter followers— which is almost twice as much as Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffinton Post. While he is from Scotland, he also shares his time with New York City and San Francisco, but spends most of his time in New York.

The crazy thing is that he is only 27; imagine what 10 more years could bring.

Marrissa Mayer to Change-Up Yahoo’s Labs By Hiring 50 New PhD Employees

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Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer is mixing up the companies’ research unit, which was downsized under her predecessor. They just hired 30 researches with PhDs, and plan to add another 20 by the end of the year. This group is led by Chief Scientist Ron Brachman, a former scientist at the U.S. agency who helped invent the Internet. Brachman helped build Yahoo’s research group when he joined the company in 2005.

“The lab is still here — it’s been reduced in size,” Marissa Mayer said. The company is investing “heavily to build it back up,” she said.

A big focus in Yahoo’s Labs are in the area of mobile, content personalization and predictive analytics. Yahoo spent $885.82 million last year on product development.

According to Mashable, “The recruiting boost reflects Mayer’s broader effort to attract top Silicon Valley talent.” She has spent around $1.2 billion on startups in her year as CEO. Some of these include Tumblr, Summly, and startups from former Yahoo executives, Xobni, and Palarn Inc.

“If I don’t sign off and say it’s excellent from a product standpoint, and if David Filo or Amotz don’t sign off and say it’s excellent from tech-council standpoint, it doesn’t happen,” Mayer said.

To view Marissa Mayer’s profile, click here.

Chipotle Faked Their Twitter Hack

On July 21st, Chipotle’s Twitter account, @ChipotleTweets released a string of several strange tweets over an hour. Most people assumed they had been hacked. The company just came forward to Mashable and admitted that it faked the hack as a publicity stunt tied to their 20th anniversary campaign.

“We thought that people would pay attention, that it would cut through people’s attention and make them talk, and it did that,” Chris Arnold, a Chipotle representative, told Mashable in an interview. “It was definitely thought out: We didn’t want it to be harmful or hateful or controversial.”

Chipotle’s Twitter account gained 4,000 new followers the day of the hack. This is not the first brand to fake a hack. Burger King and Jeep had their accounts hacked in February. After seeing the press from it, MTV and BET staged their own hacks to get more press coverage.




Hashtags Have Made Their Way to Facebook


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While some people had dreams about it and some feared it, the day has finally come: hashtags have made their way to Facebook.

Hashtags are a way to group your post, picture, etc., into a category. For example, if you took a picture on Instagram of your backyard, you may hashtag: #nature #backyard #sandiego etc. Facebook not having hashtags got on a lot of people’s nerves when a user would use hashtags on Instagram or Twitter that linked to their Facebook account. Some people still chose to use them in their Facebook updates, which I never quite understood.

Facebook wants to make it easier for users to find content they are interested in, and hashtags that actually work is the perfect way to do it. According to Facebook, many people already use hashtags in their posts, so they might as well be functioning.

What do you think of this new feature?

Only 1 in 10 Americans Say They Would Wear Google Glasses

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Google Glasses are being talked about on all forms of news sites, but who is actually going to wear them? According to a new study conducted by BiTE interactive, only one in ten American smartphone users would wear these glasses regularly. While they may be very beneficial and innovative, no one really wants to walk around wearing them.

Social awkwardness and the device seeming irritating were the top reasons why people said they would not wear them out in public. Even if the glasses lowered in price from their current $1,500 sticker, about 38% of respondents said they still wouldn’t wear them. About 44% of those who stated they would wear the glasses are most excited about being able to take pictures, and 39% were excited to make phone calls.

“Google Glass represents a profound social barrier for the average consumer,” Joseph Farrell, EVP of operations at BiTE interactive, told Mashable. “At best, they see a Glass user as someone who prioritizes information access over a personal connection with others. At worst, they fear social sleights of hand: researching topics, recording video or Googling a person in mid-conversation,” he continued. “Overall, what Glass offers is combination of high social rejection with features the average person simply doesn’t value over their current smartphone.”

To read more about Google’s CEO Larry Page, click here.

Relationship Science, New Social Tool to Make LinkedIn Obsolete?

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LinkedIn is a great tool used by professionals everywhere to connect with other professionals in their areas of interest, work, and more. However, a new social tool called Relationship Science may outshine it. While RelSci is still in the making, Neal Goldman have raised just under $60 million in funding from big names such as Ken Langone, Henry Kravis and the Hearst Corporation. This is a service that will help connect influential people in business, finance, and nonprofit organizations, but does not need any user-inputted information.

“We’re going a lot deeper than what someone would post on a profile on LinkedIn, and the coverage of people is quite different,” Neal Goldman, founder of Relationship Science, told Mashable. “We did a little study and found that over 50% of people in our database are not active users of a social network.”

What will Relationship Science do? Say you want to get in touch with Pete Cashmore, CEO of Mashable. RelSci will search through the web to find your best connections. This connection may be close, where you only have to go through one person, or it could be a lot farther. You may have to talk to your boss, who knows Andrew Ross Sorkin who writes at The New York Times, who has previously interviewed Henry Kravis, who knows Cashmore from some charity function. RelSci will let you know how strong or weak these connections are. Going through 3 people may not be ideal, but it is a lot easier than the alternative. This new tool will help build relationships between the world’s decision makers to help them make deals, connect, sell products, meet up, raise money, and more.

“I always thought there had to be an easier way to identify and connect with the people and organizations I needed to reach to achieve my goals,” founder Neal Goldman said. “So I decided to create RelSci to fill that need.”

RelSci currently has over 250 employees and will cost $3,000 per year for a person or business to have access to the tool. While this new technology has not been released yet, it is expected to revolutionize the way that people communicate.

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